Prepare yourself for a unique dining experience at Hell’s Kitchen’s newest culinary gem. Just along the block from Kochi and next door to Nam’s Nail Spa, Sushiichi combines Japanese and French cuisine in a personally curated menu.
Sushiichi’s Chef, Frankie Dong, has a special connection to the neighborhood and his Michelin-starred neighbors. “I worked with chefs Kim Songchul and Kim Byoung-jin from Kochi. We worked together for years at Neta downtown on W8th Street,” he said, adding that his previous experience as a chef had inspired the French twist to his new menu.
Sushiichi is an Omakase restaurant, with Chef Frankie meticulously curating a personalized menu for each customer’s dining experience. According to the Michelin Guide, “few formal dining experiences are held in as high esteem or are as intimidating” as Omakase.
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“We have two tasting menus. The first is $90 for 12 courses — the other one is 15 courses for $130,” said Chef Frankie, who takes pride in using the freshest ingredients from Japan and high-quality vendors. “I can get fish in 36 hours fresh from Japan — here’s a horse mackerel. Arrived just today,” he proudly said.
Sushiichi has bar-style seating which allows customers to watch Frankie prepare their meal and interact and engage with the chef, who provides insight into each individual course as it arrives. In the four dishes he prepared during our photo session, Chef Frankie displayed his mastery with Japanese sea scallop, sea urchin from Santa Barbara, caviar, seven-days-aged Long Island fluke, watermelon radish from Union Square Market, edible flowers, homemade wasabi, bluefin tuna from Spain, soy sauce braised garlic and ocean trout from Tasmania.
But why did chef Frankie pick Hell’s Kitchen as Sushiichi’s location — 640 10th Avenue between W45/46th Street, previously home to Bar-Tini Lounge? “It’s easy for everyone coming from New Jersey, Queens or the Bronx. It’s very close to the Theater District. It’s very convenient. It’s only ten blocks everywhere,” he said.
Sushiichi has a sake and wine menu — and can accommodate most allergies and preferences. It is open Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm to 11pm. shushiichinyc.com